on August 5, 2000
Look up "lemming" in the dictionary and you will read: a lemming is a small arctic rodent with a short tail. They also have an annoying habit of being followers, not leaders--thus the cliche, following the other lemmings off a cliff.
However, even lemmings need purpose. In this colorfully animated , 80 some odd page book, author David Hutchens and illustrator extrordinaire, Bobby Gombert, present some very important life lessons in a most remarkable way--simply, succinctly, and concisely.
Using clever humor, we read the story of Emmy the lemming. Emmy has an epiphiany and decides not to jump. She also rallies others to be leaders not followers. Through metaphors and muse, people of all ages are reminded--"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything"
As one of Hutchen's other books, "Outlearning The Wolves", this makes an excellent resource guide for teachers, parents, and business managers. Inclusion of probing questions for group discussion is a plus. Highly recommended, even for children.
other reading suggestions: "You've Earned It, Don't Lose it" by Suze Orman and "Outlearning The Wolves" by David Hutchens
Your interest & comments are appreciated--CDS
on December 3, 2005
Books on vision are often dry and word-intensive. I was amazed at how this author was able to create a truly humorous book, while still communicating some very deep and essential concepts. I laughed my way through this delightful tale, and yet came away motivated to make positive changes in my life and to pursue my dreams. This was very easy to read, so much so that my 9 year old read and enjoyed it...but it is not a children's book per se...the messages are aimed towards adults.
on April 27, 2001
Simple, powerful, practical. I had read "The Fith Discipline" by Peter Senge and this book explained to me what was Personal Mastery all about in only a few pages using a powerful methaphor... You'll always remmember the story.. It worked for me... Now I feel that I have found my purpose in life.. I'm able to see want to create.
on April 9, 2002
The lemming dilemna
Lemming life was happy and pathetic until one time. Lemming life was the same each year, with a cliff jumping festival. The festival was filled with fun, and they had many booths that would amuse lemmings and a elvis look alike contest. But then, at the end of the festival, they would jump opff the cliff, at least those who were old enough. At the bottom of the cliff awas so called "happiness and joy". After all of these years, one lemming asked why they jumped. Everyone said it was what their ancestors did, so they must do it too. But she wanted too find an alternative, some way too see that this was not the way too end your life. But she did not know if there were bad things at the bottom of the cliff or not. She had a vidion and mad a catapult to launch herself over the cliff and too the other side. It was a paradise, and she could also see that there were spikes at the bottom of the cliff. Then she founded a travel\airport and lived happily. But there were still some who jumped...